Novel Gems ~ 08-06-13 ~ Killing Secrets by Karen Docter

Welcome to Novel Gems ~ Killing Secrets 08-06-13!

I love to sneak a peek into a writer friend’s developing novel. It’s just so much fun watching their story grow and getting the inside scoop.  So every Tuesday until I finish my romantic suspense, Killing Secrets, I’ll share a gem with you ~ a couple of sentences, several paragraphs of a pivotal scene, or a phrase that just made me sigh or laugh out loud or scares me or…well, you get the picture.

A bit of set up for today’s gem….

Rachel loses something precious…and that’s all you’re getting!

Happy Reading!


Killing Secrets by Karen Docter

With a curse, he stepped over the debris to hunker down in front of her.  He gently pulled her fingers away from the shattered hand mirror gouging her tender flesh.  She gave one tug of resistance when she realized what he was doing but finally released her grip.  Fresh blood seeped from the pads of three fingers, and he could see a chunk of glass imbedded in the middle of her palm.

Scooping her into his arms, he strode from the room out of sight of the devastation.  He carried her past the mastiff guarding the hallway and down the passage to his parent’s bedroom.  He didn’t stop moving until he sat down on the king-sized bed with her in his lap.  “Rachel?” he said.  “Sweetheart, talk to me.”

Brown eyes met his, dark and bruised with pain.  “H-he, m-mama’s—”

Patrick didn’t need to hear the loss shadowing her voice to know the mirror had a special meaning for her.  He stroked her satiny cheek, feeling helpless.  “It’s okay, honey,” he said.  “We can fix it. Let’s deal with your cuts, first, okay?”

She nodded.  “I’m okay,” she said quietly.

Patrick hated to let her go because he wasn’t convinced she was okay, but he knew he’d better let Joe know what was going on and call in the cavalry.  At the rate things are going, you need the police station on speed dial.

….see you next Tuesday with another NOVEL GEM.

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